Review: The Girl on the Page by John Purcell

November 2, 2018 | GIRL ON THE PAGE by John Purcell is published by Harper Collins and is available now. RRP $32.99

Often when I sit down to write a review of a great book, I am faced with a dilemma; how do I capture the essence of this fabulous book and do the book justice, in just a few words. I mean, this is a novel after all, and those thousands of words have built upon each other. I don’t have that spa...

Review: How To Be Perfect By Holly Wainwright

August 29, 2018 | How To Be Perfect by Holly Wainwright is published by Allen and Unwin. RRP $29.99, available now.

If you thought that Elle Campbell would slink off into the night at the end of THE MUMMY BLOGGERS, think again! HOW TO BE PERFECT, the second novel from Holly Wainwright, picks up and charges forward into the modern cult of self-improvement and social media Elle has schemed her way into a new...

Review: THE DESERT NURSE by Pamela Hart

July 26, 2018 | THE DESERT NURSE by Pamela Hart is published by Hachette. RRPTrade $29.99, ebook$9.99, audio $44.99. Available now.

THE DESERT NURSE is an epic tale set in wartime Egypt. Readers of Hart’s previous three wartime historical novels will really enjoy the links between the books. (The Soldier's Wife, The War Bride, A Letter From Italy) Don’t feel you have to read those first, though. This book will stand on i...

Review: BLUEBOTTLE by Belinda Castles

July 18, 2018 | Bluebottle by Belinda Castles is published by Allen and Unwin. RRP $29.99, available now.

    When I first started to read Bluebottle, by Belinda Castles, the first thing that struck me was the strong sense of place. Set in the northern beaches suburbs of Sydney, the novel begins, There was a house on a honeycomb cliff above the Pacific, perched over a beach in air a...

Review: The Love That I Have by James Moloney

June 7, 2018 | The Love That I Have by James Moloney is published by Harper Collins. RRP $27.99

When I received book mail this week, I opened my parcel to discover a copy of THE LOVE THAT I HAVE by James Moloney inside. It’s always such a thrill to receive a book, and I cracked it open in an excited rush, intending to read the first few pages and then move on to other work. But this nove...

Review: P is For Pearl by Eliza Henry-Jones

April 19, 2018 | P is for Pearl is published by Harper Collins and is available now. RRP $19.99

From the talented author of the celebrated novels In the Quiet and Ache comes a poignant and moving book that explores the stories we tell ourselves about our families, and what it means to belong. A random but violent accident at the café where Gwendolyn Pearson works after school trigg...

Review: The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater

March 22, 2018 | The Lace Weaver by Lauren Chater is published by Simon and Schuster. RRP $29.99 (trade) and is available now.

When is a shawl not a shawl? When it is knitted of fine Estonian wool, and each fine thread is stitched with story. When it passes to a new owner with a prayer of good fortune, and the hope in dark times for survival and legacy. When it can pass through the golden band of a weddi...

Review: Draft No. 4 by John McPhee

March 4, 2018 | Draft No. 4 by John McPhee is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux available through Text. Hardcover and Paperback.

John McPhee wrote and refined the essays in this book while lecturing at Princeton University. He is a multiple award winner (including the Pulitzer), long time staff writer for the New Yorker and a literary legend. During his long career he has nurtured some of the great writing talents of our ...

Review: My Cousin Rachael by Daphne Du Maurier

February 13, 2018 | My Cousin Rachael by Daphne Du Maurier is published by Hachette. Available now RRP $19.99, ebook $11.99.

I first read this book as a teenager. Back then, with limited experience of the romantic variety and certainly no actual understanding of Cornwall and country life, it was Phillip’s story that drew me in. The mystery, the obsession, the ending; all of it beautifully written, haunting in qualit...

Review: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

January 30, 2018 | Winner of the Booker 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is published by Bloomsbury RRP$29.99 (available in all formats)

  It was a conversation George Saunders had with his wife’s cousin that inspired the award winning novel LINCOLN IN THE BARDO. Did he know that on the day Abraham Lincoln buried his son Willie, he returned to the crypt in Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown to hold his son once more? This ...

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